The influence this month and especially in the first 3 weeks of the month can be summed up in just two words, 'romantic nostalgia'. With lucky Jupiter in retrograde motion in your romantic sector this was always going to be the case, with a sense of romantic nostalgia you moved into the New Year with only deepening over time. What takes this to a whole new level is the fact that Venus, planet of love will spend the first 3 weeks in a nostalgic part of your chart, where in the final weeks of a Venus cycle of love that began early last year, she's taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. This is a chance to dance with some old ghosts and escape into old memories and daydreams, anything to recapture a sense of romance from the past. Yet the closer and more deeply engrossed in the past you become, the closer you are in fact moving towards the future, for the path to the future takes you through the past in order to capture anything lost, missing or forgotten. It's right in the heart of this most nostalgic period that a Full Moon in your romantic sector on the 4th February will bring everything to a head, with nothing better equipped to wakeup even the most reluctant of hearts than this Lovers Moon. Yet the future is calling and while Jupiter won't turn direct until early April, Venus' return to your sign on the 21st February will find your heart ready to move on. This is when the past and future will come together, for while Jupiter will continue to hold the door open to the past and second chances until early April, this is when Venus will open the door to the future, new adventures and romantic journeys.
For the second month in a row it's less about what is happening with the love gods this month and more about what isn't happening, as you continue to adjust to the fact that for just the second month since September 2012 you no longer have Saturn, hard task master of the cosmos in your relationship sector. While having Saturn transit through your relationship sector can challenge even the best of relationships, the hard task master of the cosmos can get a hard wrap, for while some relationships don't survive this, he isn't the cause of the challenges of recent years and simply the force that put the spotlight on them, making them impossible to ignore. You may still be dealing with the consequences of that, but whether your relationships survived, failed, became stronger or you're still dealing with issues, you're at a point where everything is out in the open, you no longer have the hard task master of the cosmos breathing down your neck and forever more your relationships are being held to a new standard, something you'll benefit from for years, if not decades to come. The Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector, from the 10th February to the 13th February, will evoke the kind of emotional responses that allow you to pay attention to any relationship matters, with a need to avoid creating challenges where there are none. What you really need and what the love gods are keen to deliver is some fun and romance or more specifically a boost in confidence in what the future holds. While Jupiter won't return to your romantic sector until August to kick off your luckiest year for love and romance in over a decade, the Moon's visit from the 5th February to the 8th February will hold clues to what the future might hold.
To sum up where the love gods are at this month I could do so with one word, 'settled'. With Saturn now spending his second full month in your relationship sector and on especially good terms with so many planets, while this is holding you to a higher standard of accountability and making it impossible to sweep things under the carpet, he's still advocating baby steps. With the support of both Jupiter, in retrograde motion in your communication sector and a Full Moon there on the 4th February, so long as the communication lines are open you'll find all the support you need for both friendship and relationship building. It's the Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 13th February to the 15th February that will evoke the kind of emotional responses that reveal where your focus should be, but with this is a need to remember that with Saturn here for the majority of the next 3 years he doesn't expect you to change things overnight. It's all about approaching your relationships with honesty and authenticity, knowing what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. While the love gods are putting far more focus on your relationships and this is a dominant theme, not just this month but for the whole of 2015 and beyond, they're also working to ensure this isn't at the expense of the spirit of romance. It's the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 8th February to the 10th February that will bring some much needed romantic sentiment into play, along with a chance to tap into a natural current that is naturally leading your heart and matters of the heart in the right direction. Not just while the Moon is here but all month this makes it important to trust what your heart is telling you.
Until just before Christmas there had been continuous planetary activity in your relationship sector since 2008 and in your romantic sector since August 2012, keeping things balanced and ensuring that both matters of the heart and your relationships where constantly on your radar. While that has continued to be the case for your relationships and even though your annual relationship review ended last month this will continue to be the case, it's matters of the heart that have been left to their own devices, making it important for you to be their champion. Saturn only left your romantic sector on Christmas Eve and due to return for 3 months midyear to check on things, it's important not to abandon the spirit of romance or forget that you're the one responsible for keeping it alive. This makes the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector, from the 10th February to the 13th February, especially important for listening to your emotional responses, the spirit of romance and the intuitive read on your heart this will bring. In the meantime, there is something special developing on the relationship front that takes you into new territory with Ceres and Pluto, two dwarf planets not only taking over guiding your relationship forward, but aligning on the 14th/16th February. Pluto, planet of change and revolution will spend the whole of the year in your relationship sector and every year until leaving in 2024, whereas Ceres, goddess of the solar system, will spend just under 26 weeks here this year. Ceres is on a mission to ensure you get what you want and need from your relationships, while Pluto is here to give you the confidence to make the changes needed to ensure that happens. The Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 15th February to the 17th February will form a rare triple alignment between all three, allowing you to get right to the heart of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
There is no surprise that the focus is on your relationships this month, for with the Sun always spending the majority of the first 3 weeks of February in your relationship sector this is par for the course for you. However, things are a little more complex this year, keeping you on your toes and making it hard to take a carbon copy approach or staying asleep at the wheel. By the time you move into February Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion have already been and gone, leaving you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships, your heart engaged and your passions and fighting spirit fuelled. However, this and the fact that you had a New Moon during the Sun's first full day means there should be a lot more urgency than there is. Instead the message the love gods are sending is to slow down, especially as there's likely to be some personal and/or relationship tension in the early days of the month, as was the case last month. For while the Sun visits your relationship sector at this time every year, it's been 12 years since Jupiter has been on the other side of the sky, where in your sign he's making sure that the focus on your relationships isn't at the expense of your own needs. The Sun and Jupiter will move into opposition on the 6th/7th February, just days after a Full Moon on the 4th February is set to fuel even more personal and/or relationship tension, but while this may be challenging, the timing is perfect. For with Mercury in retrograde motion in your relationship sector until the 12th February, creating an opportunity to give the past and unsaid words a voice, this brings the potential for a communication and/or relationship breakthrough. With a second New Moon in your relationship sector on the 19th February, just hours before the Sun leaves and Mercury staying on until mid March, there'll be plenty of support to achieve what the love gods are working towards, which is a healthy and authentic balance between your personal and relationship needs.
With Pluto in your romantic sector until 2024 and Neptune in your relationship sector until 2026 you've got love gods on permanent duty on both camps, with some friendly rivalry going on as they both demand your attention. As the year progresses there will be times when other events make matters of the heart more important and other times when your relationships become more important, but generally these won't overlap, until now. December and January are always the most active months of the year for heart and mind being on the same page and February/March for your relationships, for this is when the Sun and the faster moving planets track through and while the Sun left your romantic sector last month and the relationship matters are already demanding your attention before then, romantic forces aren't so willing to let go. While the Sun won't return to your relationship sector until the 19th February and Mercury, planet of communication won't return until next month, you'll move into the new month with Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion already here, already stirring things up and as the month progresses they'll be creating some special magic. By the time Mars leaves your relationship sector on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February, they'll be so close to aligning that their energies will be fused by the time the Sun returns on the 19th February to begin your annual relationship review, by which time the magic will have taken hold and even his reality checks won't take the shine off things. However, making sure that matters of the heart don't go off the boil are Ceres and Pluto, two dwarf planets who together will keep the romantic flames burning for the rest of the year.
February will always be a special month for matters of the heart and all things romantic, for this is when you'll always find the Sun in your romantic sector, shining the solar spotlight on your heart and lending special weight to the importance of love and romance. Last year Venus, planet of love didn't reach your romantic sector until March, whereas this year, by the time you move into the new month, both she and Mars have already gone, but not before fuelling your heart with the romantic passions, desires and fighting spirit that will keep the spirit of romance burning for the rest of the year. Yet missing is the sense of urgency you would expect and at a time when your heart should be looking to the future, especially with a New Moon last month having already marked the start of a new romantic journey. Instead, with Mercury in retrograde motion until the 12th February and a second New Moon on the 19th February, just minutes before the Sun is due to leave, there is a chance to first take a trip down love's memory lane. Mercury is here to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page and in retrograde motion this is a chance to look to the past, give the past and unsaid words a voice, as well as holding the door open to second chances. While February should belong to the love gods assigned to romantic matters, with relationship matters getting their turn next month, it seems they can't wait. It's Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 20th February and Venus' on the 21st February and their alignment in their early days that creates some very auspicious relationship days, where your heart, passions and fighting spirit suddenly become extremely engaged, whipped up by the Moon's emotional responses from the 21st February to the 23rd February.
Already 2015 has a different feel to it and while the last few years held no special challenges for your relationships, just having Saturn in your sign meant that they were being held to account. In fact, the pressure on your relationships may have been so subtle that it's only now that it's gone that you're able to notice its absence, with things feeling less heavy and demanding, making this month's romantic influence exactly what the doctor has ordered and something the love gods are more than ready to supply. February is always when the pendulum swings onto romantic matters, but often that's not until the Sun returns on the 19th February, with March the month this is more likely to be felt. Last year Venus, planet of love didn't return until April and Mars, planet of passion didn't visit at all, yet as you move into the new month there they both are, in your romantic sector and already spicing things up. Until Mars leaves your romantic sector on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February they'll not only be fuelling your romantic passions, desires and fighting spirit, but drawing closer as the month progresses they'll be fuelling your romantic confidence as well. It's the Moon's return to your romantic sector from the 19th February to the 21st February that will not only whip up a lot of romantic sentiment, but will give you an intuitive read of your heart and its emotional responses as the Sun returns and Mars and Venus leave and as you transition from a period of daring to believe in what's possible and the more practical phase of walking the talk. With Venus returning to your relationship sector next month it's the spirit of romance that needs your full attention this month, though it wouldn't hurt to work with the support you have now to ensure the communication lines are open.
Unlike your relationships, where with no ongoing planetary influence in your relationship sector there are only certain times of the year when the love gods lend their support, something that this year will happen in April, the spirit of romance and matters of the heart have ongoing support, so things never really go off the boil. However, by the time Uranus turned direct in your romantic sector on the 22nd December you were probably close to losing heart, with things not only appearing stuck but all kinds of challenges last year. While the tide turned just before Christmas and it will take Uranus several months to fully build up speed, this doesn't account for the romantic confidence and a sense of anticipation that you're likely to move into the month with. The Sun won't return to your romantic sector until next month and last year, as Venus didn't return until May and Mars didn't visit at all, so there is nothing to back this up, apart from what your heart is telling you. For your heart knows what your head doesn't, that this isn't a rerun of previous years and at the same time that Uranus and all things romantic have some real support, this year the conditions are also right. While you'll have to wait until the 20th February for anything to happen, when it does it's likely to be dramatic, sudden and game changing, with no going back. It begins with Mars' return to your romantic sector on the 20th February, continues with the Moon and Venus' return on the 21st February and a very rare triple alignment that will create a cocktail of romantic sentiment, passion and desire that will be locked into place until the 24th February. From where things stand on the 20th February to where they will stand on the 24th February is a lifetime apart and chances are you'll emerge out the other side with your faith in romance restored and with Venus here until the 18th March and Mars until the 1st April some exciting times ahead.
With no direct planetary activity in either your romantic or relationship sectors this month this is a chance to let things settle, to look back and also to start looking forward. It was last month's Full Moon in your relationship sector that you're able to look back on, especially as you'll move into the month with the Moon back in your relationship sector and having come full circle, much of what this triggered will only now be starting to make sense. The Moon will stay on in your relationship sector in the early days of the month, giving you a chance to pay attention to what your emotional responses are telling you. This may create some personal and/or relationship tension, but it's a case that the Moon wouldn't be doing its job if it didn't, but this is a chance to also check that you have the right balance between your personal and relationship needs. Where you'll begin the month with the Moon in your relationship sector, you'll also end the month with the Moon here as well, coming full circle and returning on the 28th February, with a chance to revisit the emotional responses triggered at the start of the month and to make sense of what didn't then. While this puts a lot of focus on your relationships at the start and end of the month, this leaves the rest of the month free for Venus, planet of love to take ownership of, for with no planetary activity in either your romantic or relationship sectors it all hinges on what she's up to. To start with, in your communication sector until the 21st February and especially during the Moon's visit to your relationship sector in the early days of the month, Venus is focused on ensuring the communication lines are open. Yet by the time the Moon moves through your romantic sector from the 23rd February to the 25th February, Venus will be on a very different mission, for due to return there herself next month, she'll be on a mission to make your life as love friendly as possible, with the Moon's romantic sentiment providing the clues she'll need.
When Venus, planet of love left your sign late last month she left you with the romantic and relationship desires and expectations that will define the coming year, but it's your relationships that have all the support this month. With no planetary activity in your romantic sector until Venus herself returns in April, holding onto the romantic sentiment she left you with is imperative and as she only left on the 28th January this shouldn't be a problem. However, what could be a problem is that this comes as there is not only likely to be a lot of focus on your relationships, but potentially some personal and/or relationship tension as well. At some point during your birthday month each year a Full Moon will fall in your relationship sector, where halfway between your last relationship review and the next, this brings relationship matters to a head, which go head to head with your own needs. That Full Moon falls on the 4th February, just 3 days before the Sun, moving through your sign will move into opposition with Jupiter in your relationship sector, on the 6th/7th February, something that doesn't happen every year. Moving into a new solar year the focus is on your own needs and aspirations for the coming year, but for the first time in 12 years you've got Jupiter, in opposition over in your relationship sector, demanding relationship authenticity as well. While Mars will return to your communication sector on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February that's not until later in the month, making it essential to work with the resources you do have, especially in the early days of the month to ensure the communication lines are open. It's later in the month that your romantic desires and expectations will receive some wakeup calls, with the Moon's move through your romantic sector from the 25th February to the 28th February.
Venus, planet of love is not only spending the first 3 weeks of February in your sign, but in the early weeks of a new Venus cycle she's already looking to the future, long before your birthday month and new solar year begins on the 19th February. You'll also move into the new month with Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos here as well and until he leaves on the 20th February and Venus on the 21st February, the planets of love and passion will draw closer as each day passes, creating some real fireworks and chemistry. Last year Venus didn't return to your sign until April and Mars didn't visit at all, so this is a real bonus and a chance to not only fuel your romantic desires and passions, but to get excited about the future before your new solar year even begins and when it does, forever colour your expectations. Where last year saw lucky Jupiter put a lot of focus on romantic matters and this year your most important relationship year in a decade will begin midyear, where you stand this month is literally halfway between the two. It was 6 months ago that Jupiter left your romantic sector and in 6 months time he'll return to your relationship sector and it's this sense of where you've been and where you're going that Venus and Mars are able to pick up on and get excited about. This is Venus and Mars' first visit to your sign since Jupiter left your romantic sector and last before the planet of luck and expansion will return to your relationship sector, able to channel their desires, passion and chemistry into both. At a time of year where you're cementing your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year there's every reason to feel confident and excited about the journey ahead.